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 IBEW Local 353 Toronto: Pathway Program

The IBEW 353 has partnered with The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario (AABO), Workforce Warriors, The Career Foundation, YWCA Toronto and Workers Health and Safety Centre to bring forward the Electric Pathway Program (The Pathway), a unique program preparing pre apprentices for entry into the IBEW 353 electrical trade. 


The 2022 – 2023 Pathway intakes will be for women, or anyone identifying as a woman, two spirit, nonbinary or other non-cis gendered persons with a welcoming focus on Indigenous and racialized and newcomer workers. The Pathway Program will provide 15 weeks foundational electrical skills training and arrange for 10 weeks job placement with IBEW employers, for each participant.

Tomorrow's Trades: Workforce Development Program

Tomorrow’s Trades was created to build pathways and remove barriers for those traditionally underrepresented in the skilled trades, including women, indigenous youth, black youth, persons with disabilities, newcomers, at-risk youth, returning veterans, reservists, cadets, and those from racialized communities. We want to equip those interested in pursuing a career in skilled trades with the construction sector essential skills needed to become a high-quality apprentice.

Paid Pre-Apprenticeship Program with Building Up

This 16-week pre-apprenticeship program is a earn-while-you-learn program that gives housing providers an opportunity to connect work that needs to get done in their buildings with the people in their buildings that need the work. Building Up was developed in Toronto to improve the city’s environmental efficiency, affordable housing stock, and most of all – to create a real pathway for individuals experiencing barriers to enter apprenticeships and careers in the trades. 

NexGen Builders: Quick Start in Construction

Quick Start in Construction is a new program that prepares those who want to work in construction trades to get ready with basic requirements and certifications, including Working at Heights, Elevated Work Platforms, WHMIS and Workplace Violence and Harassment.

YWCA Hamilton: Pre-Apprenticeship Programs for Women and Non-binary folks

YWCA Hamilton offers various Pre-Apprenticeship programs for Women in Trades.  These programs are offered at no-cost, and provide participants with technical training and job coaching to start their skilled trades career.

Indigenous Women and 2Spirit People in the Trades

Explore various trades through an Indigenous led program. 10 weeks of full subsidized learning and skills building + 10 week paid work-placement. Course runs from September 20, 2022 - November 25, 2022. Visit Mohawk College website for details

Free Pre-Apprenticeship Program with the Ontario Masonry Training Centre

This program is for those who have the passion and interest for the Brick & Stone Masonry trade but lack the skills to be hired as an Apprentice by a masonry employer. This 28-32 week program provides basic theory and hands-on training for the brick and stone masonry field and introduction to refractory and restoration. 

Don't see an opportunity listed? 

If you know of an opportunity that helps women secure experience, training, and knowledge within the skilled trades, or you know of an equitable pathway for women to enter into registered apprenticeship agreements - please do not hesitate to reach out to us at
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